Career Resources

When Office Naps Backfire

By Deanna Bonaparte

Some would stand by the notion that getting a quick shut-eye in the middle of the day helps to raise productivity levels in the later half. In fact, a number of leading companies offer nap rooms and encourage afternoon naps in an effort to raise levels of engagement and focus among employees. MetroNaps, a New York company that produces ‘sleeping pods’ resembling space-age lounge chairs, sees leading companies like Google, Huffington Post and Cisco Systems requiring their resources.

Employers eager to appeal to employees who want their work to be validated with a good work life balance have no qualms about allowing them some time off their desks for an afternoon nap. But lurking behind these comfortable lounge chairs and afternoon naps are some surprising drawbacks. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Should I Accept an Overseas Job Assignment?

Question: I’ve recently been offered a job assignment overseas. What are some of the things I should consider when making my decision?

Answer: When people think of expatriates, they think of cushy lifestyles involving a generous living allowance, company cars and – if there are children in the picture – a fully-funded education for the young ones at an international school. (Read More Here!)

The Good That Can Come Out of Having a Bad Boss

By Desiree Yang

Workplace relations are often tricky and it’s not uncommon for employees to have a gripe with their bosses – especially if he or she has working habits or personality traits that simply rub people the wrong way. On the other hand, some of you might find ourselves fortunate enough to be working for a great boss who inspires and motivates you and helps you learn and improve. But if you haven’t had the privilege of such good fortune, here are a few lessons that you can glean from your otherwise unpleasant circumstances. (Read More Here!)

Busy is the New Black

By Koh Wanzi

For many ambitious workers eager to scale the corporate ladder, the next five or 10 years are laid out on a carefully planned roadmap. As they hunker down over their career plans and meticulously planned schedules, they are sure that determination, grit, and utter dedication to their work will get them to where they want to be.

Most times, these are the same people who constantly lament about how “busy” they are, complete with the obligatory pair of furrowed brows and troubled expression. More often than not, these are veiled boasts and these people would dread the alternative – having too much spare time on their hands. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Should I Take a Promotion Without a Raise?

Question: My boss has offered me a promotion but there is a catch – I will not be getting a pay raise. Should I still take up the offer?

Answer: Even though you have lived your life understanding that one cannot always have his cake and eat it too, you may still find it difficult to wrap your head around the idea that a promotion and a pay raise do not necessarily come hand in hand. (Read More Here!)

When Companies Force You to Resign

By Deanna Bonaparte

The nature of a resignation implies that you are leaving a company entirely out of your own accord. But what happens if your company resorts to artful, unscrupulous means to bulldoze you out of the picture? Do you brave the winds and remain firm or crumble under the pressure and resign?

Although it might sit better with prospective employers when they learn that you resigned instead of being dismissed, a thorny situation like this requires you to stay calm and think through the ups and downs of both outcomes. (Read More Here!)

How SaaS has Re-Shaped the Hiring Landscape

By Koh Wanzi

When hiring managers want to fill a position, they will put up a job advertisement via print and/or online channels. They will then (passively) await applications from interested jobseekers before shortlisting appropriate candidates for an interview.

As you can imagine, this traditional hiring model has its limitations. Modern Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) hiring models, such as the Talent Network (TN), promise to revolutionise the hiring landscape by helping employers like yourself build up a ‘talent pipeline’ to gain access to a far larger pool of potential hires and fill vacant positions promptly. (Read More Here!)

Getting a Good Night's Rest

By Desiree Yang

Everyone knows that nothing beats retreating into the comfort of one’s bed for a good night’s rest after a long day at work. But what happens when the eight hours of sleep you get leaves you feeling just as exhausted as you were before you fell asleep? (Read More Here!)

Exploring Unusual D&D Themes

By Deanna Bonaparte

A D&D (Dinner & Dance, not the game Dungeons & Dragons) event is a chance for colleagues to let their hair down – perhaps literally – and unwind. As workers shed their workplace personas, D&Ds can be a time for fine wine and moves on the dance floor. And while discerning taste buds are activated to sample dishes at the table, all eyes will also be turned to the sartorial choices of those present.

A D&D is a company-wide event with a night-long itinerary of entertainment, food and perhaps an unofficial pageant dedicated to identifying ‘Mr and Mrs Best Dressed’. We uncover and bring you some interesting D&D themes that might get your creative juices flowing if and when you’re tasked to organise your company’s upcoming D&D. (Read More Here!)

When Your Employees' Transgressions Become Your Own

By Desiree Yang

A company’s employees are a reflection of management and their unique brand of leadership – they are essentially the management’s responsibility. Hence, when an employee makes a mistake, a portion of the blame will always land squarely on the shoulders of management no matter the nature or severity of the blunder.

And since it is near impossible for managers to be aware of every single thing that goes on in their department – especially if it is a large one – it is indeed a bitter pill to swallow when they find themselves having to answer for their employees’ missteps. Fortunately, there are practical steps that managers can take to tackle such sticky situations. (Read More Here!)